Eiffel tower

A man sold the Eiffel Tower…twice!

Friday, February 4, 2022 9:50 a.m.

Reading time: 2 minutes

Today I learned…

Scientists have used 2,000-year-old seeds to grow an extinct species of date palm. The tree disappeared from the Judean Desert, but in 2012 seeds were discovered by archaeologists. They planted the seeds, growing a male and a female of the species, and were able to produce dates from the biblical era! At the end of last year, the tree produced a harvest of hundreds of dates once thought to be extinct! “You could sell them for a lot of money!”

A crook sold the Eiffel Tower almost twice! Victor Lustig was one of the most famous con artists in history. So when he discovered the Eiffel Tower was rusting, he hatched the perfect plan. Disguised as a government official, he invited the most prominent scrap dealers to discuss an urgent matter. He then explained that the French government had decided to demolish the Eiffel Tower and that the 7000 tons of metal would be available to the highest bidder. Once he got the $20,000 offer, along with a $50,000 bribe, he fled to Austria to live a life of luxury. The unsuspecting victim was too embarrassed to report to authorities. Which allowed Lustig to come back to Paris and do exactly the same thing! “Well, lesson learned. Don’t buy the Eiffel Tower if someone tries to sell it to you.

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